Abuse is to use something in a way that is wrong or that wasn't intended.(verb)
An example of abuse is to take prescription drugs for fun that you buy from a dealer instead of a doctor.
Abuse means to hurt or injure something or someone by acting badly or neglectfully.(verb)
Hitting your spouse or not feeding your pet are both examples of abuse.
Abuse is defined as injury or insult.(noun)
An example of abuse is not providing for the physical needs of a child.
The definition of abuse is the use of something for the wrong purpose.(noun)
An example of abuse is when a politician takes public finds for personal gain.
See abuse in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME abusen < OFr abuser < L abusus, pp. of abuti, misuse < ab-, away, from + uti, to use
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transitive verb a·bused, a·bus·ing, a·bus·es
Origin: Middle English abusen
Origin: , from Old French abuser
Origin: , from abus, improper use
Origin: , from Latin abūsus
Origin: , past participle of abūtī, to misuse
Origin: : ab-, away; see ab-1
Origin: + ūtī, to use.
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